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Flying in a Dakota

Aboard the 75-year old royal PH-PBA dakota

Oct. 19, 2019 -

As a wonderful birthday gift I was honoured to fly in a DC-3 classic plane. It was the 75-year old PH-PBA, a C-47A Skytrain or Dakota, formerly owned by H.R.H. Prince Bernhard from The Netherlands. It's a very special plane operated by the enthusiastic people from the Dutch Dakota Association (DDA Classic Airlines). Read along for some aviation history!

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Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
Rosie the Riverters work on the C-47 at the Douglas Plant in Oklahoma City (1944, Tinker Air Force Base History Office)
Terherne visible at the
Terherne visible at the "Snitser Mar", Friesland
The tail wheel of the C-47-A PH-PBA is quite close to the ground when parked on the platform
The tail wheel of the C-47-A PH-PBA is quite close to the ground when parked on the platform
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
PH-PBA wing over Friesland, the Markermeer on the horizon
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Electrical generator control panel inside the platform car
Riveted by the Rosies, the C-47-A PH-PBA
Riveted by the Rosies, the C-47-A PH-PBA "Prinses Amalia" remains a beauty at her 75th year anniversary

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